collapse
2020 Donation Drive

It's time for our annual Server Donation Drive! We need to raise at least $710 to keep The Cauldron's server online for another year. Please help! Either hit that Paypal button to the right and make a one-time donation in any amount or set up a monthly Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor subscription. You can find more info in this message!

Donations as of 21 September 2020: $539 donated. Only $171 more need! Thank you, donors!


Note: This total is updated manually, usually once a day


* "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" Problem Logging In?

If you get an "Unable to verify referring url. Please go back and try again" error when you try to log in, you need to be sure you are accessing the board with a url that starts with "https://ecauldron.com".  If it starts with https://www.ecauldron.com" (or "http://www.ecauldron.com") you will get this error because "www.ecauldron.com" is not technically the same website as "ecauldron.com". Moving to the more secure "https" means it is more picky about such things.

Author Topic: The Irish God of the Dead  (Read 636 times)

Donal2018

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2018
  • Location: New York
  • Posts: 511
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 90
    • View Profile
  • Religion: Universalist
The Irish God of the Dead
« on: August 19, 2020, 01:55:42 pm »
So I have been dwelling on life, death, mortality, and ancestors. As a result I have been drawn to the Irish God Donn ("dark one") believed to be the God of Death. I have for a long time been focused on Welsh Gods, mainly Gwydion and Cerridwen, as guides to spiritual transformation.

I have lately been looking towards Irish Deities, not limited to Donn, but also Brigid as a multi-faceted Goddess of hearth, poetry and healing. I mention Donn here because he seems more mysterious and unknown and I am thinking about life, death, and afterlife. So I am wondering if anyone has interacted with Donn, or know any good resources about him.

Donal2018

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2018
  • Location: New York
  • Posts: 511
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 90
    • View Profile
  • Religion: Universalist
Re: The Irish God of the Dead
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2020, 02:48:16 pm »
So I have been dwelling on life, death, mortality, and ancestors. As a result I have been drawn to the Irish God Donn ("dark one") believed to be the God of Death. I have for a long time been focused on Welsh Gods, mainly Gwydion and Cerridwen, as guides to spiritual transformation.

I have lately been looking towards Irish Deities, not limited to Donn, but also Brigid as a multi-faceted Goddess of hearth, poetry and healing. I mention Donn here because he seems more mysterious and unknown and I am thinking about life, death, and afterlife. So I am wondering if anyone has interacted with Donn, or know any good resources about him.

Not sure if this link will work, but thought it is an interesting reference to Donn-

Donn, the Mysterious Irish Lord of the Dead-

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/donn-mysterious-irish-lord-of-the-dead

PerditaPickle

  • Staff
  • *
  • Join Date: Aug 2015
  • Location: UK
  • Posts: 1347
  • Country: england
  • Total likes: 325
  • It's all metta - at least, I believe it should be
    • View Profile
    • Portrait of Perpetual Perplexity
  • Religion: Druidry-leaning learner
  • Preferred Pronouns: She/her/hers
Re: The Irish God of the Dead
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2020, 01:26:16 pm »
Not sure if this link will work, but thought it is an interesting reference to Donn-

Donn, the Mysterious Irish Lord of the Dead-

http://www.irishcentral.com/roots/history/donn-mysterious-irish-lord-of-the-dead

The link does indeed work (at least for me), and I found it an interesting read, though I've no prior knowledge of Donn, unfortunately.

I agree with the final paragraph of the item: "The ancient Irish knew how to tell a thrilling story, and the legacy they left us is shrouded in mystery and lore!"  :)
“Radiate boundless love towards the entire world — above, below, and across — unhindered, without ill will, without enmity.” – The Buddha
(From the Metta Sutta)

My Portrait of Perpetual Perplexity blog

Micheál

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Jul 2011
  • Location: Belfast, N. Ireland
  • Posts: 594
  • Country: ie
  • Total likes: 37
    • View Profile
    • Gall-Ghael
  • Religion: Alexandrian Wicca, Gaelic Polytheism
Re: The Irish God of the Dead
« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2020, 07:19:34 pm »
So I am wondering if anyone has interacted with Donn, or know any good resources about him.
It's weird because I've always encountered more lore about him than what's actually written in the myths. There's a good passage on him in Dáithí Ó hÓgáin's "Lore of Ireland."
Although they're probably three separate entities, you get a lot of correlations with Donn, the Daghdha, and for me personally with Aodh(linked to a maiden name of my mum) as being ancestral gods that could be designations of each other. Donn definitely takes over as the god of the dead though, and belief of an otherwordly realm associated with death and the west is credited to him and his house/Teach Duinn.

Donal2018

  • Sr. Master Member
  • *******
  • Join Date: Dec 2018
  • Location: New York
  • Posts: 511
  • Country: us
  • Total likes: 90
    • View Profile
  • Religion: Universalist
Re: The Irish God of the Dead
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2020, 02:45:48 pm »
It's weird because I've always encountered more lore about him than what's actually written in the myths. There's a good passage on him in Dáithí Ó hÓgáin's "Lore of Ireland."
Although they're probably three separate entities, you get a lot of correlations with Donn, the Daghdha, and for me personally with Aodh(linked to a maiden name of my mum) as being ancestral gods that could be designations of each other. Donn definitely takes over as the god of the dead though, and belief of an otherwordly realm associated with death and the west is credited to him and his house/Teach Duinn.

Thanks for posting. I have been thinking about Donn quite a bit lately. Thinking about life, death, afterlife, and ancestors. I have been thinking of doing a night ritual to him and my ancestors. I am inspired to use water and maybe flowers for some reason. I am also looking into death planning for myself. I am alive and well right now, but would like to plan my own Will and Memorial Service.

I have been focused on death for my whole life since my Father died when I was young. I think Donn might be a good Patron for Hospice Workers, Funeral Directors, etc. I am also looking into Right to Die as a practical matter. The movement's motto is "Good Life, Good Death".

Anyway, I am developing a devotion to Donn. Thanks for commenting. I will look up that Lore of Ireland reference that you provided. Let me know if you find anything else about him. I will report back if I discover anything new or useful about Donn. There seems to be a lot of folk lore about him outside of the myths, as you point out.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2020, 02:49:21 pm by Donal2018 »

Tags:
 

Related Topics

  Subject / Started by Replies Last post
9 Replies
3118 Views
Last post September 20, 2011, 07:55:05 am
by Seren
19 Replies
3986 Views
Last post March 19, 2013, 06:50:55 pm
by Donal
0 Replies
1234 Views
Last post May 26, 2014, 07:58:47 pm
by Frostfire
15 Replies
3130 Views
Last post June 13, 2015, 12:34:31 am
by sionnachdearg
9 Replies
2151 Views
Last post November 09, 2018, 12:35:21 pm
by Darkhawk

* Who's Online

  • Dot Guests: 38
  • Dot Hidden: 0
  • Dot Users: 2
  • Dot Users Online:

* Please Donate!

The Cauldron's server is expensive and requires monthly payments. Please become a Bronze, Silver or Gold Donor if you can. Donations are needed every month. Without member support, we can't afford the server.

* Shop & Support TC

The links below are affiliate links. When you click on one of these links you will go to the listed shopping site with The Cauldron's affiliate code. Any purchases you make during your visit will earn TC a tiny percentage of your purchase price at no extra cost to you.

* In Memoriam

Chavi (2006)
Elspeth (2010)
Marilyn (2013)

* Cauldron Staff

Host:
Sunflower

Message Board Staff
Board Coordinator:
Darkhawk

Assistant Board Coordinator:
Aster Breo

Senior Staff:
Aisling, Jenett, Sefiru

Staff:
Allaya, Chatelaine, EclecticWheel, HarpingHawke, Kylara, PerditaPickle, rocquelaire

Discord Chat Staff
Chat Coordinator:
Morag

Cauldron Council:
Bob, Catja, Emma-Eldritch, Fausta, Jubes, Kelly, LyricFox, Phouka, Sperran, Star, Steve, Tana

Site Administrator:
Randall